Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Simon & Schuster
May 4, 2010

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

The thing that drew me into Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was definitely the amazing cover and how some pages are set up like a scrapbook would be. There's receipts, playlists and postcards... how fun! I'm so glad these aspects of design were there because I hadn't see any reviews on the book, which usually means I'll bypass it in the bookstore. I'm so glad I didn't pass this one up!

Amy is such an awesome and realistic main character! I loved that she is recovering from the most difficult time and how I felt for her while reading. Out of all the female characters from books I've read recently Amy is definitely my favorite. She wasn't a cheerleader, wasn't a jock or a total brain. Amy was really involved in the drama department which I thought was a cool twist to a character's interest.

Roger! *swoon* I adored how laid back he was and just how he was the perfect guy next door. He wasn't this hot god (you know what I mean! Some leading males are just was too good to be true.) I feel like I could have just sat down and had a really fun and intelligent conversation. Not to mention he was an amazing friend to Amy.

I loved the idea of a cross country road trip with someone you don't even know! All of the fun places they went were so awesome! The scenery in this book was incredible, Morgan Matson has got me planning a road trip now. Along with the great places, the characters they met along the way were so diverse and added a wonderful part to this story.

Amazing Quote:
"And sometimes,” she added, in slightly hushed tones, like she was letting me in on a secret, “if you don’t feel great on the inside, just look great on the outside, and after a while you won’t be able to tell the difference.”

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5+/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 4/5
Overall: 5/5

When I first read the ending I was really disappointed. Then I picked the book up a couple days later and tried to decide what it was that made me upset. After I thought about it for a while, I ended up really enjoying the ending. It was realistic and unpredictable.

If you have yet to pick up Amy & Roger's Epic Detour I highly suggest you rush out to the nearest bookstore and do so. It's an incredibly unique tale of finding yourself and discovering America. This definitely made it on my favorites list.

Crazy Katie


  1. Oh wow, I've been itching to read this book and your review just made me want it all the more. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. =)

  2. Nice review. I like the nice laid back guys too :)

  3. I love this book so much! The scrapbook format was so awesome, and I loved both Amy and Roger too. Wonderful review, glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!

  4. I have never heard of this book. I"m so glad that it looks great and you say so. I'm so glad you put in on my radar.

    Ah, I have a nook but I will check for this one.

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  5. I have this one waiting for me and I REALLY want to start it. Have some library books to get through first though. Sounds so amazing!

  6. Swoon = understatement!

    PS: Let's chat next time we both attend an Anderson's event. Would love to meet you!

  7. This sounds so cute! I've had it on my to read list for a while, but now I want to read it even more. Great review!

  8. Wow, this one does sound really fun! I love the idea of the scrapbook format. And I love the characters as you described them!

  9. argh.

    i so need to read this.

    it sounds very incredible swoony and fun and i love your review on it.

    xx Nomes

    have an awesome weekend!

  10. Yes, it was such a great book! LOVED Roger and the realistic slow build romance - such a wonderful change from epic love at first sight books!

  11. Hey Rowena! I hope you decide to read it!
    Thanks Juju!
    Thank you Ava!
    I'm glad you'll be checking this one out Mad Scientist!
    Hi Michelle! I can't wait for you to read it!
    Anna we SO have to! It'd be so much fun!
    Hi Andrea! You'll just love it!
    Thanks Aylee!
    Thank you Nomes! Have an awesome weekend toO!
    I totally agree Karen!


  12. I'm so glad you liked this one! Amy & Roger was one of my favorite 2010 debuts, for so many reasons! Like you, I loved the entire idea and format of the book. And I totally agree with what you said about Roger not being the hottest guy on the planet. He was cute, but still realistic, and that made him stand out more than the typical super hot prince charming type :)

  13. This book was adorable. Glad you liked it too. I felt the same way about the was good but I wanted a little "more" :-)

  14. I loved this book! The only bad thing is it made me want to go on a roadtrip STAT and school had barely begun. :( Not fun.

    Great review, Katie! :)

  15. I really liked this book. I like the people they meet, the States they visit, the food...
    Even my niece (she's 4) thought this book was cool (she said my other books were boring) because all the little drawings and pictures. :)

    You'll like the book and you'll wish you were joining them on the "detour".

  16. I want to read this book so bad! I'm currently planning a summer road trip and I need to read this before I go! Great review!

  17. Hey Erika! Totally! You're so right! Realistic is the perfect word for Roger!
    Hi Karen! Haha ;) that's exactly what I wanted!
    haha Briana! If you ever go on a road trip makes sure you stop here! :) Thanks!
    Me too Basma! So awesome :)
    Hi Mfay yeah totally! That's cute she liked it! lol
    Hey Katie! OMG you totally need to read this if you're going on a road trip!!